How I rate the top senatorial contenders

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By Raïssa Robles

Understanding the Elections – Part 2:

This is a very difficult piece for me to write. Perhaps it’s the reason why I’ve been putting off writing it for so long.

Disclosing my personal choices of candidates for political office goes against my professional upbringing as a journalist.

I won’t give a specific list of choices, except in the case of one candidate and I’ll explain why.

 What I’ll do instead is share with you guys the considerations I take into account when choosing from this particular set of Senate candidates. I’ll tell you what – to me – their positive and negative aspects are — particularly those within fighting distance to land in the Magic 12. I’ll leave you to make your own choices.

I used to consider intelligence as THE main qualification for national office.

But in recent years I’ve asked myself – why is it that our country has remained poor and decaying despite having so many top government officials graduate from Wharton or London School of Economics, or Harvard or Yale or Oxford University?

Why has all this brain power not translated to a better quality of life for most Filipinos?

It was then I realized, after covering Philippine politics for over three decades – including a stint at the Senate – that there is something horribly missing in most of our politicians who seek and win political office. They place the welfare of their families and relatives first.

Although they may say while campaigning that their heart bleeds for the poor, their interests are not really with the poor.

But as I wrote earlier, it is not only my personal choices that matter in these elections. I also have to consider which political alliance will end up controlling the Senate and who will end up being president in 2016. See my earlier story – The THREE most important questions to ask yourself in voting for senators

In the previous article, I posed three questions:

QUESTION ONE: Who do I want to be President of the Philippines in 2016?

QUESTION TWO: Which political bloc do I want to have control of the Senate, the Commission on Appointments, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal and the Senate Electoral Tribunal: The bloc of President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) or the bloc of Vice-President Jejomar Binay?

QUESTION THREE: Who are my personal choices for senator?

In Part 1, I answered QUESTIONS ONE and  TWO.

This Part 2 is an attempt to help you answer QUESTION THREE. But as I said, the answers to QUESTION THREE will be affected by your answers to QUESTIONS ONE and TWO.

Just a clarification: You can of course vote for less than 12. But by not voting for 12 names, you allow other senators whom you do not at all like to possibly go up in ranking and make it into the Magic 12.  

UPDATE: By the way, ABS-CBN has asked me to join their post-election news analysis late Monday . So I have to sleep now. I forgot. 

Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay (Liberal Party)

The only senatorial candidate that I would like to win a Senate seat is two-term senator Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay, not because he is the son of the late President Ramon Magsaysay nor because he is with the Liberal Party.

I want him back as senator because Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay was the one who dared to push for a law that harmed the interests of the political power elite to which he belongs. I am talking of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 (Republic Act 9160) which he sponsored and shepherded through approval.

Most lawmakers resisted the passage of the law because it would enable authorities to track their large money transactions.

Recently, Congress amended the Anti-Money Laundering Act to include more kinds of transactions to be monitored, but this is not enough. Congress left out casinos. Casinos are a great and convenient way to launder bribe money, as what has been discovered in Macau.

If elected, I would like Senator Jun Magsaysay to include casinos. In addition, I would like him to work for the deletion of a section in the original Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 which gives blanket protection to politicians to bring back into the country any laundered assets. I am referring to the provision below:

Sec. 16. Prohibitions Against Political Harassment. – This Act shall not be used for political persecution or harassment or as an instrument to hamper competition in trade and commerce.

No case for money laundering may be filed against and no assets shall be frozen, attached or forfeited to the prejudice of a candidate for an electoral office during an election period.

Notice that the section uses the phrase “election period” and not “campaign period.” It does not define the “election period”, which could be stretched to mean for the entire year when elections are to take place.

Sources told me that the idea behind Section 16 was to put blinders on the Anti-Money Laundering Council during the time when politicians start bringing in or accumulating cash for their campaign chests.

After Sen. Magsaysay finished his term in 2007, there were reports he was trying to recover from an illness. He seems well enough to run again. His illness will not prevent me from voting for him. Just think of Senator Miriam Santiago who seems ill most of the time but seems to be well enough to launch broadsides against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Panfilo Lacson.

Senator Loren Legarda (Nationalist People’s Coalition – allied with LP)

She is one of the hardest working senators ever. She has made Climate Change her foremost advocacy at a time when no other senator has taken it up as an important and pressing issue.

Legarda sponsored in the Senate the Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act of 2012. The original AntiTrafficking Act was sponsored by Senator Loi Ejercito in 2003.

Senator Legarda authored the Magna Carta on Women – which opponents to the Reproductive Health Law later used as an argument not to pass the RH Law. Unlike before when Legarda was quite vocal in championing women’s rights, she was not high profile in the pro-RH debate. In the end, Legarda voted for the RH Law but still tried to court the Catholic vote.

Legarda is now crying out that she is the object of black propaganda. But in 2010, she dished out black propaganda like a pro. Watch the video below where she urges presidential candidate Benigno Aquino III to undergo psychiatric test:

Not only that, Senator Loren Legarda was linked to efforts to smear vice-presidential rival Mar Roxas by accusing his wife Korina Sanchez of maid abuse. See the video below:

Legarda is the type of politician na namamangka sa tatlong ilog. She has switched parties as easily as she has changed clothes. She started her political career by running under then President Fidel Ramos’ Lakas-NUCD Party in 1998. In 2004, she became the vice-presidential mate of actor Fernando Poe Junior. In 2007, she ran for re-election in the Senate under the “Genuine Opposition”. In 2010, she was with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and she ran as the vice-presidential mate of presidential candidate Manuel Villar.

She also changed her religion to Islam in order to marry Antonio Leviste, and then switched back to Catholicism after separating from him and then having her marriage with him annulled. She assured Catholic voters she was a devout Catholic:

“I pray the Rosary every day. I can’t sleep without praying the Rosary. I go to the mass every day. I am a practicing Roman Catholic. I value the Church opinion and I have high respect for the Church hierarchy and the bishops.”

To this day, Senator Legarda has not denied that she has filed two SALNs. See my stories:

Dear Senator Legarda, how many SALNs did you file for the year 2011?

A third proof that my copy of Senator Legarda’s 2011 SALN is genuine

Senator Loren Legarda rents out her New York condo for US$3,095 amonth 

Re-electionist Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (Nacionalista Party – allied with LP)

Cayetano was elected to the Senate in 2007 mainly due to his having been a high profile whistle blower in the House of Representatives against First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo and the latter’s alleged foreign bank accounts.

At the Senate, Cayetano headed the investigation on the NBN-ZTE deal or the overpriced and anomalous National Broadband Network contract with Chinese state-owned company ZTE.

He also sponsored the University of the Philippines Charter Act of 2008 and was one of the main proponents of the Freedom of Information Act.

More recently, he revealed the generous Christmas gifts that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile gave to certain favored senators. He wasn’t one of them.

As the Senate Ethics Committee chair, Cayetano quietly tabled the ethics complaint filed by a group of netizens against Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto for plagiarism. Cayetano never called for a meeting on the issue.

Two years ago, the Senate passed a law reining in fat and “obscene” bonuses that officers in state-owned firms were granting themselves. What the scandalized public did not know then was that the passage of the GOCC Governance Act of 2011 in the Senate was stalled for a while because one senator was demanding an additional perk for himself. This law only managed to pass after the Senate caved in to the demand of Senate minority floor leader Alan Peter Cayetano to be given one more Senate committee to head.

This was revealed on January 22, 2013 by Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, shortly before she resigned as Enrile’s Chief-of-Staff. Reyes told broadcaster Karen Davila and Vic Lima over radio station DZMM that in exchange for his “YES” vote, Cayetano had asked for the creation of the BCDA Oversight Committee to be chaired by him:

“Ito Hiniling niya at tumawag sa akin si (Senator Franklin) Drilon when he was going to pass it – I think the bill on government corporations – and Alan was blocking it. Ang hinihiling lang ni Alan ay yung matamis na ‘Oo’ kay Senate President na bigyan siya ng oversight committee with a budget of P10 million.”

“Sinabi ni Sen. Drilon, pagbigyan na para mapasa yung bill niya, even if he’s (Cayetano) is already the minority floor leader.”

Cayetano did not refute Reyes’ startling revelation regarding the oversight committee in the privilege speech he delivered on the Senate floor the very next day January 23. It is therefore reasonable to assume that it is probably true: Cayetano used his vote as a bargaining chip to wangle more senate funding for himself and his office.

There is nothing illegal about this kind of horse-trading. But it does leave a bad taste in the mouth that a lawmaker – who had made it his cause to act as the oversight for state spending – needs to be the target of oversight as well.

Senator Chiz Escudero (Independent candidate)

Senator Chiz Escudero is one of the most vocal and high profile senators. The boyish-looking senator is very good with sound bites. He thrilled the national imagination when he fought for the impeachment of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2005 and 2006. He was one of the youngest elected to the Senate at age 38 ( the late Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. became a senator at 34).

Senator Chiz was one of the few lawmakers who apologized for voting “Yes” to the Cybercrime Law.

However, I could not find any major law sponsored by Senator Chiz. There seems to be a lack of achievement in this area.

 

Senator Chiz’ middle name is Guevara. He is however no Che Guevara. While he is very good in oratory and rhetoric, the first term-senator does not seem to have a passion or an advocacy that he is championing – aside from girlfriend Heart Evangelista.

Senator Chiz’ abrupt withdrawal from the presidential race in 2010 will make campaign financiers hesitate to fund another presidential run. Some of his funders had already printed decals and spent for small give-aways.

Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito Estrada (United Nationalist Alliance)

During his first term as congressman, JV Ejercito co-sponsored five bills. One – the Kasambahay Law – was enacted by Congress and signed by President Aquino. Not bad for a first-term lawmaker.

Reports recently surfaced that he had an offshore trust account in the British Virgin Islands – which he denied.

 

He also owns property in California, which he has always disclosed but always at a lower value than what he paid for. See my story - Congressman JV Ejercito under declares his California property

One of my Facebook friends called my attention recently to a campaign speech JV Ejercito delivered in San Juan. My friend said after watching it – “Naloka ako.” Especially because of what JV said about his own cousin Jannah who is running for Congress.

I’ll let you make your own conclusions. You can watch it below:

Nancy Binay (UNA)

Nancy Binay says she has had 20 years of on-the-job training with her father, Vice-President Jejomar Binay. I’m not even sure if this counts as a plus. Who knows, perhaps she has learned quite a few tricks from him.

But since Binay has never been a legislator, his daughter would be clueless regarding this job. Still, between Binay and Senator Lito Lapid, she’s probably more qualified.

However, her presence in the UNA ticket underscores the serious problem of political dynasties. Will she be her father’s surrogate in the Senate?

Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV (Liberal Party)

He has some government service, having been appointed in 2002 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as chair of the National Youth Commission.

He is also a board member of Rags2Riches, which actually helps poor communities find livelihood.

 

Bam Aquino cannot seem to wait to win a post but is doing a Mikey Arroyo – by capitalizing on the President’s name.

 

In 2005 when Bam Aquino’s revered aunt, Corazon Aquino, called on Arroyo to step down; and his cousin Congressman Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino quit Arroyo’s ruling coalition in protest, Bam Aquino stayed on in his post as National Youth Commission chair.

This – as well as his running while his cousin is president – seems to show a lack of delicadeza on the part of Bam Aquino. So young and so opportunistic.

Grace Poe Llmanzares (Independent)

Thanks to my good ex-friend Bobi Tiglao, I found out that Grace Poe is the only senatorial candidate who has somewhat a scientific background. In his column entitled “Fake Candidates, Fake Authenticity”, Tiglao – Arroyo’s former presidential spokesman – wrote of Grace Poe:

Filipinos will not really be voting for one balikbayan named Mrs. Llamanzares, who spent most of her working life in the United States as product manager of CSS Scientific in Virginia and as procurement liaison officer for the US Geological Survey, and got married to a fellow OFW, one Teodoro employed there at a defense contractor company and who is now with San Miguel Corp.’s telecoms unit. If Mrs. Llamanzares wins, she’ll be the first ever and probably the last movie and TV censor to become Senator of the Republic.

Oh, goodie. That means she will know something about earthquakes – which we have a lot of, and for which we are preparing for the BIG ONE here in Metro Manila. I hope she champions laws favoring science and technology in the Senate.

With her mother, Susan Roces, still alive and her wish to raise her father’s memory, Grace Poe is not likely to use her office for personal ends.

According to Bulatlat.com, Grace Poe sees nothing wrong with political dynasties. Bulatlat wrote:

Poe also believes that there is nothing wrong with political dynasties for as long the family members have the ability to govern. In an article, she said that if politics is the chosen career of the family, then so be it. Like if there is a family of doctors, engineers, nurses, teachers, then there is also a family of politicians.

I don’t believe in political dynasties but that’s for another story.

Cynthia Villar  (Nacionalista Party)

Her website cynthiavillar.com states that she “authored and worked for the passage of numerous worthy legislation promoting the welfare of women, children, and family.”

However, she is not known in the House to have stood out as an advocate for the rights of women and children. And it is not clear which laws she shepherded for passage through Congress.

There’s also that little matter about her declining to shut down substandard nursing schools and giving this excuse.

When news broke that Senator Manuel Villar was linked to an offshore trust account in the British Virgin Islands, Villar downplayed the story by saying it was never activated and it was under the Villar company Fine Properties.

I did some checking of Fine Properties. It turns out that Cynthia Villar should have been the one doing the talking, because her husband has no stake in Fine Properties. The company’s incorporation papers filed with the SEC shows it is Cynthia Villar who owns a significant stake in Fine Properties.

Edgardo “Sonny” Angara (Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino)


He is the only member of the prosecution team against Renato Corona who reaped the benefit of that political exercise. He has taken up the same education advocacy as his father, Senator Edgardo Angara has.

I’m sorry, at this point, I believe he has not proven himself but is still under his father’s shadow. He is also a direct beneficiary of his father’s political capital.

The problem is, despite his glowing educational accomplishments, Sonny Angara seems not to have gone out of his way to resolve the growing problem over APECO – the economic zone that has dislocated poor families in the Angara family’s home province of Aurora. In fact, he co-authored its creation together with his senator-father. See this story.

Solita Monsod, a former economic planning secretary, explains the problem of APECO here  and here .

The country’s number one problem is poverty and the gross unequal distribution of wealth. How does APECO reduce this problem? All indications seem to point that APECO will deepen this problem in Aurora province.

Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan – UNA

Honasan claims the accomplishments below:

He sponsored the Senate version of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Through all the years he has been in the Senate, he has behaved as if he is still Enrile’s aide-de-camp.

Honasan tried to fulfill Enrile’s presidential ambitions by staging several coups against then President Corazon Aquino from 1987 to 1989. One coup – in 1989 – was particularly bloody. While Honasan insists he has already been forgiven through (Fidel Ramos’) presidential amnesty, he has never said sorry to the Filipino people for staging those coups. The coups seriously set back the Philippines, which was then still trying to pick up the pieces after the plunder by the Marcos dictatorship.

Ana Theresia “Risa Hontiveros” (Akbayan)

Hontiveros is clear where she stands on women’s reproductive rights and has never wavered despite a Catholic backlash.

When she was a congresswoman, she championed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) bill and co-authored what later became the Reproductive Health Law.

I know this may be a trivial thing, but I find her TV ad really CORNY. Also, the fact that she has been receiving millions of pesos in campaign contributions from certain quarters could compromise some of her independence if she does win a Senate seat.

Congressman Jack Enrile (UNA)

He co-authored and pushed for the Kasambahay Law, together with JV Ejercito. He’s a very charming man, up close and personal.

There are too many dead bodies being linked to him. This is one of them.

 

Jack Enrile calls it a demolition job in this statement he issued Inquirer.   He said:

“There are also reports that this demolition job is being done in order to derail my plan to look into and expose a government project that is highly questionable and grossly disadvantageous to the public.”

To date, Enrile has yet to expose this “questionable” government project

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  1. 32
    Mel says:

    Honasan said the 9-3 advantage of Team PNoy in the senatorial race would not necessarily translate to an Aquino Senate.

    “Historically, the Senate has been independent,” he said. “The configuration could still change. We don’t know yet how the dynamics in the 16th Congress would play out.”

    Honasan said that alliances forged during elections would not necessarily hold later on, owing to the absence of a political party system.

    “So just because the administration got the upper hand in the election does not mean they will get to control the Senate,” he said.

    The Team PNoy ticket was built on the strength of separate alliances LP had forged with NP and NPC.

    Source: ‘Enrile-led bloc in Senate to swing votes for next Senate leader’— Honasan By Christian V. Esguerra Philippine Daily Inquirer

    • 32.1
      Mel says:

      (see related comments)

      Pitfalls of not completing a Ballot for 12 Senatorial Candidates (either from Indie or different Blocs), or completing a Ballot but of mix candidates from Indies to opposing Blocs http://raissarobles.com/2013/04/29/the-three-most-important-questions-to-ask-yourself-in-voting-for-senators/comment-page-1/#comment-104558

      Could a Straight Bloc Ballot Vote made it easier? But ‘Team PNoy ticket was built on the strength of separate alliances LP had forged with NP and NPC.’

      What if they Swing their partisan Vote(s) on Senate Legislative and Committee Bills and Issues? Was the Alliance suited only for the Elections, will it translate as a solid party err alliance in the 16th Congress – Senate legislature?

      How will this fare with the one who is into the On the Job Training for a Senator? She might end up being the VP candidate when her father runs for Pres on 2016.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsKO_r76kfQ&feature=player_embedded

      Must be a happy family. A nice spin for a loyal apprentice.

      Is it more fun in the Philippines?

      • 32.1.1
        Mel says:

        Nancy Binay bashing: ‘It’s the beginning of the worst’

        MANILA, Philippines—The Internet memes, satirical articles and scathing commentary won’t stop even when she enters the Senate, Nancy Binay has come to accept.

        Binay, elder daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay and a political neophyte who ranked fifth in the partial vote count as of Tuesday afternoon, is bracing for more heat to come her way.

        “This is just the beginning. Today is not the end, it’s the beginning of worse things to come,” she told reporters on Tuesday at the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) command center in a Roxas Boulevard hotel.

        Binay is the highest ranking of the three UNA candidates—and nine administration Team PNoy candidates—so far occupying the 12 winning Senate slots.

        Source: Nancy Binay bashing: ‘It’s the beginning of the worst’ By Leila B. Salaverria Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:20 am | Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

      • 32.1.2
        macspeed says:

        it is crazy to say its more fun having the politics on the subject he he he
        what is politics anyways? does it need a very experience person such that a power plant will shut down on a worng push or pull of a button? nayyyyy he he he
        see tita cory, she handled very well, so for me, politics can be lead by a neophyte as long as he or she has fear for God or Allah, after that who ever he/she is, the next thing are in ORDER…AMEN

        • 32.1.2.1
          Victin Luz says:

          Agree @mcspeed…..apply nga ako dyan ng work , kabaro, natanggap PABA kayo ng 60 yrs. Old coming he he.

    • 32.2
      letlet says:

      Honasan said ” so just because the administration got the upper hand in the election does not mean they will get to control the Senate”.

      Is this a subtle warning to us people of the Philippines especially the common tao that all PNOY efforts to get his candidates win to help him in the crystallization of his programs and projected reforms would be wasted and come into nothing, that the country as whole would still be in a conundrum, that some of his senatorial winners would jump the ship (do a double faced) and join Binay’s ship and that the common tao’s crucifixion caused by these corrupt (vermin) politicians is still ongoing.

      I’ll go for a Poe and Aquino tandem for 2016. Erap is elected as Manila’s mayor because of the name recall game. Sila lang ang makakatapat kay Binay when in comes to name recall game. Yes, Bam still served under Arroyo as chair of the National Youth Commission and a board member of Rags2 Riches to alleviate the people of Payatas from poverty, but he did it to serve these people ( I give him the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t do it more for himself, that he sacrificed his principles to help those people who are suffering from their poorness).

      I believe Poe and Bam will continue PNOY’s daang matuwid.

      • 32.2.1
        Victin Luz says:

        That’s was true in our system of Government and governance @ madam letlet,, but it doesn’t mean that bills or agenda wanted by PNOY for his DAANG MATUWID will not be approved by an opposition Senate President. Only that it will scrutinized and to be studied well before passing any BILL , kasi FISCALIZER nga sila… Good for Democratic Form of Government like the Philipppines only that matatagalan ng kaunti dahil sa mga amendments and revisions of such BILLs if any.

        That swing VOTE ,HONASAN was telling us was also TRUE and it can happen again ,but most likely not this time , the 24 senators will now elect a new senate President BUT that swing vote will be a bargain of Senate Chairmanship’s wanted by HONASAN’s group on which it will be decided by their group and the senator who wanted to become a SENATE PRESIDENT. For example the a divorce bill, will certainly ” dadaan pa din sa karayom at wala paring kikilalaning PARTIDO,,,, ika mga ni LAPID ay konsensya lang ang ginagamit nya ” .

        @let let ,,, I agree with you, POE and BAM tandem will be formidable against BINAY groups UNBEATABLE ika mga……and definitely ESTRADAs group will go with POE……for SURE talo na sila…..

        Just to worry if POE and BAM will FACE ….BINAY and MARCOS ? Slim ang possibility but it can happen…? Saan pupunta mga ESTRADA? He he … Let us guess for a while @let…….but I do believe ” TUWID na DAAN ” will still WIN….

  2. 31
    Victin Luz says:

    CPMErs ….I will now compute my POINT SHAVING scheme ( Insertion of Madrigal , Magsaysay and Hontiveros in the UNA line-up and of course junking of their three candidates SANA ) …to us PNOY team we should have voted only M , M and H ,again not that we don’t want them to win but because they were already SURE winners ( FACTs and PROVEN by the election results as of May 15, people )

    10.) VILLAR – 9,970,0000.00 11.) ESTRADA- 9,890,000.00 12.) HONASAN- 9, 543,000.00. For. Magsaysay – 8,233,000.00 for Hontiveros- 7,992,000.00

    IF: 1.5 million voted only for M,M and H…… So the current top 12 winning candidates will have a deduction of their total garnered votes by 1.5million votes….8.390m for Estrada , 8.233.m for Magsaysay ( walang deduction but no more addition dahil ito na talaga ang bomoto sa kanya) , 8.043m for Honasan and 7.992m for Hontiveros ( wala din deductions or addition )… So LAGLAG si HONASAN pasok si MAGSAYSAY …. Dipoba CPMERs..

    I am just pointing out that in an election process where vote BUYING and JUNKING were RAMPANT the only remedy to COUNTER ACT/ FIGHT / or prevent it especially when we also wanted to insert/include one or three of our preferred candidates IS NOT voting straight in PNOYs LINE-UP , but to POINT SHAVED it ,, it’s hard/difficult but it can be done without MONEY involve and LEGAL per se…….sa atin ay E-mail Lang ang katapat…x 10 to our nearest relatives and friends and ask them also to do x 10 to their nearest relatives and friends and so forth,,,,, we could have done it at least to MAGSAYSAY…

    • 31.1
      Victin Luz says:

      But I do believe also that the owner of this BLOG must stay NEUTRAL , tayo Lang sana ang nagkaisa na gumawa ng POINT SHAVING..

    • 31.2
      et says:

      This could be a good idea if we could make sure that the x10 and x10 are voters/will vote and there is no duplication of friends/relatives.

      However, using an email blast is no guarantee that friends/relatives will do what we ask. It might be better if an online group is set up with an initial number of CPMers (15000) and then each will try to recruit 10 more to join the group, who each will then recruit 10 more. The qualifications to join the group would be:
      1. Registered voter/will vote in the next election
      2. Has not yet joined the group
      3. Will follow the voting strategy planned out by the moderators
      4. Will recruit 10 more like-minded people

      From the size of the group, we can get an idea of how effective the group could be in the coming election. It might be a good idea to start the group now, in preparation for 2016…

      • 31.2.1
        Victin Luz says:

        Magandang idea @et iyan….because in this BLOG whether we like it or not we were already part of the MEDIA , itong mga comments natin are already GOOD PROPAGANDA for a certain candidate…. Binabasa tayo dito sa buong MUNDO…. X 10 then x 10 then another x 10… Kahit pa magkakaparehas , o magdoble a recruits mo , it doesn’t matter basta ask them to recruit another 10… …Seldom ang naboto ng STRAIGHT LINE UP… Look the IGLESIA, LOOK the CBCP, look the El Shadai,, selective na sila in the point of JUNKING some of their party mates , so POINT SHAVING could have help the three M,M, and H….again it is not that we don’t want candidates in the PNOY team to be elected but because they were already SURE winners kaya babawasan Lang natin ang BOTO nila para makahabol ang gusto nating pumasok sa magic 12..

  3. 30
    andrew lim says:

    MATABA NA SI KIM CHIU OJT PA RIN SI NANCY!

    IPAGLALABAN KO NA LAHAT NG NAG-OJT SA PILIPINAS GAWING REGULAR! – NANCY

    HA HA HA

  4. 29
    leona says:

    Mabigat na PASALAMAT sa mga GURO nag trabaho sa lahat ng PRECINTS!

    Malaking SALAMAT sa ating COMELEC Commisioners at mga opisyales!

    Malakas na SALAMAT sa mga ating ka POLISANS!

    Masaya sa mga NANALO! Sa mga NA TALO susunod na halalan naman!

    SALAMAT SA MGA BOTANTE!

    SALAMAT SA BANSA AT ANG MGA PILIPINO!

    To my DEAREST CPMERS…haliklik sa INYO LAHAT!

    • 29.1
      pinay710 says:

      @mam leona, ano po ang HALIKLIK?

      • 29.1.1
        moonie says:

        cheers! the botante has spoken, they have chosen those they thought karapat-dapat, their country, their votes, their future, their fate, their destiny mapped. cheers to the people who voted. salamat, salamat, indeed. cheers to you,too, leona. look forward to your next humorous piece.

      • 29.1.2
        leona says:

        halik…kiss AND kiss!….beso-beso …hahaha…or tsk tsk tsk…

        …U know – Russian males kisses the lips of another male plus beso-beso PA!….

  5. 28
    DannyG says:

    Sino ang maniniwalang titigil na sa pulitika si Erap pagkatapos ng kanyang term bilang Mayor ng Maynila? Pakatandaan na ang kanyang dalawang anak ay Senador na, ang isa sa kanyang nephew ay gobernador sa isa sa malaking lalawigan ng bansa, ang kanyang asawa ay alkalde din ng isa sa malaking lungsod sa NCR at malaki ang posibilidad na ang isa pa sa kanyang pamangkin ay mahahalal na kongresista. Sa pagdating ng 2016 presidential election, barring any unforeseen untoward incident, magkakaroon ng pagkakataon si Erap na ma-vindicate ang kanyang sarili mula sa criminal conviction at ang naturang election ang kanyang magiging behikulo. Did we hear right na si Jinggoy ang VP candidate naman. Paano na si Indiot at si Binay ? Dito, masusubukan na ang usapin ng AGREEMENTS (under at over the table), PAGKAKAIBIGAN at PINAGSAMAAN. Dynasty-na-dynasty ang dating !!!

  6. 27
    andrew lim says:

    MY SUGGESTIONS FOR CPMers, POST-ELECTION:

    Look beyond 2016. This is a golden opportunity to cement the gains made in the past three years. Never allow backsliding!

    Campaign for the ff causes:

    1. Get JPE out of the Senate presidency.
    2. SALN scrutiny of all presidentiables – Binay, Roxas, etc.
    3. Push for FOI.
    4. Defend RH law from watering down or repeal efforts.
    5, Marginalize the extremists – both from the left (CPP-NPA) and right (church, right wing politicians)

    As for Erap, I dont think he will do any more harm- he is in his sunset years, and he is thinking of his legacy. Will he still womanize? Or get drunk and not attend meetings? Will he work now? I think so. In any case, I do not live in Manila. ha ha ha They voted for who they deserve.

    If you think Roxas is incapable of beating Binay, then now is the time to search for an alternative. No use moaning there is no one else. The late Jesse Robredo would have been perfect. The antidote to Binay is someone who is not like Binay – a non-traditional name, not a dynast. Think!

    • 27.1
      raissa says:

      Oh, Andrew. You don’t know Erap :)

      You wish he would.

      • 27.1.1
        andrew lim says:

        ha ha ha ha ha ha the wonders of stem cell treatments! ha ha ha ha

        • 27.1.1.1
          czech says:

          sa aking pong palagay eh isinilang na ang makakatapat ni binay…..kailanagan lamang eh maging epektibo sya sa pagkakaluklok sa kanyang pagka senador at malamang rin na maging ugat ng paghihiwalay ng landas ni erap at binay na tuluyang hahati sa magiging boto ni binay….hanggang dito lamang muna POE….salamat POE….

          • 27.1.1.1.1
            curveball says:

            balik-balik ang mga tanong natin dati na kung sakali tumakbo bilang presedente (at ito nga decided na) si binay kailangan meron isang tao na tatapat sa kanya at pwede lumaban at hadlangan ang balak nya….

            si grace poe na kaya yun? sa standing nya ngayon ay mukhang meron magandang laban sa darating na panahon.

            umaasa at sana nya sya na yun

          • 27.1.1.1.2
            Victin Luz says:

            Payag POE ako sa inyong solution na si POE na ang katapat ni BINAY…

        • 27.1.1.2
          jeproks2002 says:

          It may be a wonder for now. Hopefully Erap, Chavit, JPE, Ernie M. et. al. won’t be begging for the passage of The Right to Die Bill when they are 160!

        • 27.1.1.3
          moonie says:

          I watched erap’s interview on t.v. to me, he appears to have liver problems. a bit jaundiced around the face. maybe it was just bad light.

          • 27.1.1.3.1
            moonie says:

            maybe, that’s why erap wears long sleeve shirt and long pants, so we cannot see the condition of his skin. cell therapy can only do so much.

            • vander anievas says:

              erap did run for two reasons. one to get back lim and 2 to install isko as new manila mayor. he knows he’ll not finish his term..

              • vander anievas says:

                err…”at lim”…

              • Walk with One Ball Heavier says:

                Install Isko as new Manila mayor? I doubt. Erap ran for mayor to reserve the seat for one of his concubines (ang kabit na Laarni) or maybe Jinggoy (when his senate post expires). To the dumb Manilenos who voted for the convicted crook, congratulations. You got what you so deserve.

      • 27.1.2
        Mel says:


        UPDATE: By the way, ABS-CBN has asked me to join their post-election news analysis late Monday . So I have to sleep now. I forgot.

        Raïssa

        heads up naman.

        what did we miss?

        nakakadismaya ang senatorial top 12 results…

        marami pa ring tanga na magpapaloko sa mga manloloko. patangahan.

        another political dynasty family in prime and top gov’t elected posts. lokohan na naman.

        dagdag pa diyan, mukhang mauuna pa ata ang taiwan na makikibakbakan sa dagat laban pinoy, kaysa sa mga chino.

        anu kaya ang desisyon ni PNoy sa Sabah. tapus na ang national elections sa malaysia at pinas. huwag sanang ma-backburner uli.

    • 27.2
      madflip says:

      Should she decide to run for president, Ate Vi will beat Binay or any other opponent hands down. Obvious bang vilmanian? He he.

      • 27.2.1
        kalahari says:

        The maligno is very vulnerable on the issue of legitimate vast wealth. His 1986 SALN and onward should be made public by somebody in the likes of Raissa only, with in-depth commentaries of course.

        We have had 3 years of good governance from PNoy’s daang matuwid and continuing till 2016. His immediate predecessor’s predilection and shameful raids on public coffers lasted for 9 years.

        Are we heading for that direction again?

      • 27.2.2
        pelang says:

        sa 2016 election, Bam Aquino and Grace Poe. sa tandem na iyan, wala nang tatalo. tutal, the name of the game is name recall.

    • 27.3
      leona says:

      VP Binay – will face a FOE on 2016…hindi si GRACE…isang AQUINO…looks likes NINOY…speaks ala NINOY…thinks a lot of NINOY…he’s no other than…a BAM!

      VP B can start early but he’ll lose to a NAME…like AQUINO! People loves this…

      like Andrew…hahaha – U grow BAM for 2016!

      • 27.3.1
        leona says:

        …look where PNoy landed! …the PRESIDENCY!

        • 27.3.1.1
          leona says:

          …look further again…where Ate CORY landed….the PRESIDENCY also!

          • 27.3.1.1.1
            Mel says:

            TUTUO, ang pangalan ay simbolo ng kasikatan (sa wanted watch list o artista).

            halimbawa, si Honorato Aquino;

            Honorato Aquino is a former Representative of the Lone District of Baguio City, to the 8th Congress (1987-1992) and to the Regular Batasang Pambansa (1984-1986).

            Honor(ato) as we fondly call him then, was not related, nor by blood, relations, not even acquainted (i think) with Benigno Aquino (I,II, n), he didn’t even looked like Ninoy. Honorato – unheard of in the cordilleras, luzon or entire PHILS. BUT HIS SURNAME WAS AQUINO!

            An election took place in 1984 for Batasang pambansa, Honor Aquino also a lawyer was prodded to run because the name Aquino was overtly popular then.

            The joke and campaign catch-cry then was, he’s an Aquino and he’s HONORable.

            AND HE WON.

            Before he ran (1984), his political spectrum exposure was a voter. I think he was also a law professor at BCF in the 80s

            the gist is, it pays to be called an Aquino. it rang bells of opposition against Marcos (nemesis) then.

            heck, a popularity contest if another Aquino runs against Binay for Pres.
            What a BAMmer.

            it has lost semblance of why people vote for people in political office. people just don’t read anymore – sa book title cover na lang alam na daw LAHAT. PREJUDICE in short!

            • Mel says:

              sa mga tanga, why 1984 BP election?

              August 21, 1983, Benigno Aquino, Jr. Assassinated at Manila International Airport.

              And so Honorato AQUINO ran in 1984 BP election, and won.

            • Victin Luz says:

              Kabayan manong @Mel….. Was Mang Honor stayed in your place when he visited Australia long ago with his wife Manang Letty? Do you also stay at Melbourne? Ha ha

          • 27.3.1.1.2
            moonie says:

            leona, you know what they say about 3rd time lucky? the aquinos got the presidency twice already. a third is on the offing.

            • Victin Luz says:

              That will be good for our country, BAM and GRACE or GRACE and BAM , will continue the LEGACY of NINOY as continued by CORY and PNOY…. We have to be UNITED not to elect BINAY next 2016, for President Kung hindi , patay na naman tayo.

    • 27.4
      AngLagay says:

      Kabayan… don’t forget the saying: Bad grass never ever die! If he’s already vegetable or glue to a wheel chair, the posibility that he will transfer his “CORONA” to his kabit or anak sa labas is a sure bet. Ang suwapang ay walang kabusugan! Poor Juan dela Cruz,

    • 27.5
      Dexter says:

      Sa totoo lang po, matapos lang ng pagpanaw ni ginoong Robredo ko natutunan ang kanyang mga mabuting nagawa sa kurso ng kanyang panunungkulan. Sa kasamaang palad, dun sa Luneta hostage crisis ko lang unang nalaman ang pangalan nya. Huli na ng malaman ng nakararami na mayroon pa palang tulad nya na may puso para sa tunay na paglilingkod sa kapwa. Kunwari lang po hindi nagyari yung aksidente at tumakbo sya sa kakatapos lang na halalan , mananalo po kaya sya? Sa palagay ko po, hindi.
      Pasikatan pa rin ang kalakaran sa eleksyon , ano po?
      Tropa at trapo.
      Si mang Juan na karpintero , ibonoto nya yung kandidato na nagabot sa kanya ng isang kilong bigas. Ano po bang pakialam nya sa plataporma na hindi naman nya maarok, susuportahan nya ang tingin nyang pwedeng takbuhan pag nagkasakit ang mahal nya sa buhay. Yung anak na aadik-adik ni aling Dora, binigyan ng trabaho ni congressman . Hindi masukat ang utang na loob ng buong angkan nila, si bunso nabilhan nya ng laptop, ayan tuwing makakalibre binabanatan ang mga kalaban sa pulitika ni cong. Si cong. lang ang mabuti, lahat ng hindi kaalyado ay puro “magnanakaw at walang alam”. Eto ang ilan lang sa tropa ng mga trapo..
      Paano po natin sila makukumbinsi na baguhin na ang ganitong sistema?
      Parang kasinghirap ng pagkumbinsi kay lola sa liblib na baryo na ‘wag nang pumunta sa albularyo. Mahirap talikuran ang tapal tapal kahit pa sandaliang lunas lang ang hatid nito.
      Aling aspeto po kaya ang dapat bigyan ng mas mabigat na halaga, ang pagtulong sa kandidato o sa botante mismo?

  7. 26
    KARANIWANG TAO says:

    the name of the game is…NAME RECALL…so yun mga anak din ang nanalo… !! usad pilipinas!!!!!!

  8. 25
    clearpasig says:

    with all respect Ms. Raissa. she adopted climate change but I dont see her know how about it. her site explained nothing but no specific about the cause of climate change. this country my mine has all the wealth to end poverty but there was no mention of the agricultural damage cause of climate change. she gambles to get attention.

  9. 24
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    Buti na lang live coverage ang mga balita so even us OFW can watch it. Kaso nadismaya ako sa mga kababayan kong taga manila. Biruin mo convicted plunderer magiging ama ng Manila tapos nung 2010 elections muntikan pang maging pangulo ulit.

    Whether we are mature in voting or not this election should serve as a reflection to eveyone :(

    • 24.1
      Martial Bonifacio says:

      off-topic:
      Bagong balita/threat from taiwan.

      http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2013/05/14/2003562226

      Ngayon pati coastguard at navy ng taiwan ay nasa balintang channel na. Mukhang lumiliit na talaga ang teritoryo ng Pilipinas.

      • 24.1.1
        Martial Bonifacio says:

        Yung Y’ami/Mavudis island ang northermost island ng PH and it says na uninhabited daw ito. I hope lagyan na ng tao ng gobyerno baka maunahan pa tayo at mawala sa atin yung isla forever.

        Isama na din nila yung Siayan at Dinem islands near itbayat.

    • 24.2
      baycas says:

      A rogues’ gallery of election candidates

      Agence France-Presse
      Posted at 05/13/2013 12:43 PM | Updated as of 05/13/2013 12:43 PM

      MANILA – Graft-tainted ex-presidents, a dictator’s unrepentant wife and politicians charged with crimes such as murder and child rape are among the candidates in the Philippines’ mid-term elections on Monday.

      http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/05/13/13/rogues-gallery-election-candidates

      Please count who among them were voted into office yesterday…

      • 24.2.1
        baycas says:

        Wrong tags…sorry…

        I said, “Please count who among them were voted into office yesterday…”

  10. 23
    andrew lim says:

    IMPROVE THE MATH EDUCATION OF FILIPINOS!

    I am very happy with the initial results of the polls. But it is not perfect, and glitches happen. Two events concerning mathematics:

    1. The frequent reports of malfunctioning PCOS machines made some say the elections were a failure and very chaotic. Hello! There are around 75,000 machines and the number of these malfunctions are less than half a percent. Lesson: definition of materiality.

    2. During the glitch where PPCRV’s totals had reached 12M+ for the top candidate despite having canvassed only 1400+ precints: I almost fell from my chair when a reporter (most likely from ANC as it was Randy David who corrected the wrong observation) reasoned that if you add the votes obtained by the top 5 candidates, it would already exceed the total number of registered voters of 50+ million. Susmaryosep. You vote for 12 senators not one, so you do not total the votes garnered by each senator. Lesson: basic common sense. :)

    • 23.1
      sykes says:

      the malfunctioning PCOS was hyped by the reporters. kahit isa lang nag-malfunction pero pag ni-report parang napakalaking problema na.

      some reporters are really terrible at Math. iba dyan basic Math pa lang sa UP Diliman, bumabagsak na :) i remember two journalists/broadcasters having difficulty converting an amount from US Dollars to Pesos. di man lang naisip gamitin ang calculator function sa celfone nila. i was laughing coz the amount was like 100K so one won’t need a calculator to convert that amount. even more hilarious, they knew the exchange rate at the time :)

  11. 22
    raissa says:

    Have to leave na.

    • 22.1
      Mel says:

      all the best. take care

    • 22.2
      kalahari says:

      I saw you live with Karen Davila last night and your brief post-election assessment shows your grasps of the issues on hand – plus beauty with brains.

      Am so proud…..

  12. 21
    Paul says:

    So the election is over …result? U-ngoy N-ot A-gain!

  13. 20
    Mel says:


    UPDATE: By the way, ABS-CBN has asked me to join their post-election news analysis late Monday . So I have to sleep now. I forgot.

    Raïssa, can we view it from the internet by streaming? Anyone?

  14. 19
    Vibora says:

    Form News Of The Weird.
    Reports are coming that some PCOS machines are defective. In one Tandang Manok precint, a voter was asked why the machine will not accept his ballot, he said “maybe because i sold my vote”. In another case, a conscience voter was asked why his ballot was not accepted by the machine, he replied ” maybe the PCOS also developed some kind of conscience and the machine cannot accept the names of the candidates written in the ballot”.

  15. 18
    baycas says:

    —–

    chonoon says:
    May 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Very good analysis but it is kind of late .

    If this blog post is kinda late, how will you consider this PCIJ research?

    http://pcij.org/stories/salns-bare-some-mask-other-details/

    (Follow the 4-part series at pcijdotorg site; links to side bars to main articles were also provided)

    • 18.1
      baycas says:

      On the Binays (Angeleses)…

      http://pcij.org/stories/family-wealth-spouses-assets-boost-a-few-newbies/

      HOW RICH are the Binays? Vice President Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay never fails to point to his humble beginnings, but for decades now, there has been non-stop whispering that he and his family have come a long, long way from Culi-Culi.

      Some clues could probably be gleaned from the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) of the Binay family members who have occupied public office (and there are already quite a number). Anyone curious if married eldest daughter Nancy is sharing that supposed wealth, however, may have to wait and see if she gets voted into the Senate next week.

      – (The fourth part of the pcijdotorg series cited above.)

      • 18.1.1
        andrew lim says:

        Thanks for this, baycas.

        It’s still very opaque to me- the wealth of the Binays- if they have been public servants all their lives, with no visible sources of income, where did it all come from? Did they establish legitimate businesses all these years?

        You can bet big on it: Loren will shift to UNA in 2016. That is 100% sure.

        • 18.1.1.1
          kalahari says:

          We share the same views, Andrew. Loren is known as a political butterfly that has a keen nose for the whereabout of lots of sweet nectar.

          Jejomar has been officially proclaimed as the UNA standard bearer for 2016 – and he expects anytime the avalanche of contributions from big businesses. Early bird catches more worms – as the saying goes – and for loren, more nectar…..

    • 18.2
      baycas says:

      Btw, a “thumbs up, thumbs down” blog post this is…

      Thumbs down to UNA, including Legarda.

      Thumbs up to the remaining 11 Team PNoy members!

      • 18.2.1
        moonie says:

        binay should stop his trapo talk, it’s boring. boring, boring. cliche masyado yong sinasabi niya like he has nothing better to add. what humble beginning he speaks of? we are all born with humble beginnings, with no clothes on, unable to speak and communicate by crying. poop on diapers, and piss at the same time. we all start by crawling, then proceed to walk on two feet. we all have baby teeth too, and they all fall off to be replaced by permanent teeth. we all have five senses, to go to school and pass grade one, and have birthdays once a year. you see, we all have humble beginning, not just binay. there is nothing so special with his humble beginning. he was not concieved by the holy spirit.

  16. 17
    Den says:

    Some people I spoke with said they will vote only for six candidates. Some say four, others eight. It is not uncommon to hear people say how hard it is to complete the line-up of twelve candidates. Very true indeed, given the lacklustre list of candidates we have in this mid-term election. Oh how I dread the political landscape for the 2016 presidential race if this election is a preview!

    But I say we must vote for all twelve slots, if only to ensure that we counter the force of the multitude of who will vote based on popularity, blind obedience to their pastors, those who are coerced, those who will sell their votes and those who will vote for the wrong candidates for all the wrong reasons. Some say it is futile, I say it is better to keep the flames of hope burning. Someday, people will learn and we will have not a government that we deserve (weak and fallible as we are), but a government that we need.

    Thanks, Raissa, for always doing your share in enlightening our electorate. I hope the CPM’ers are doing their share in ensuring whatever we learn here gets to as many people as possible.

    • 17.1
      Victin Luz says:

      I disagree , choosing and voting candidates to fill the 12 slots can any way counter the force to those voting on popularity and others…. voting the best even let us say only 8, will definitely removed the rotten EGGs ( candidates ) to the winning circle…… give us any of the good records of your 12 of all of the candidates without any , DE FECTs in order to justify your position…

    • 17.2
      raissa says:

      Don’t lose hope.

      • 17.2.1
        Jett Rink says:

        ms.raissa, do you have any articles before on gibo teodoro? aside from the backlash of being gma’s 2010 candidate, and aside from being an erap supporter during erap’s presidency, did we miss someone who they say should’ve and could’ve?

  17. 16
    kalahari says:

    Many thanks Raissa for the fabled crossing of the dangerous and treacherous Mara River in Kenya. At least, I have a clear picture of the senatorial hopefuls based on your authoritative knowledge in the lighted and dark recesses of the far-away Manila.

    I’ll have no 2nd thought on Jun Magsaysay and his voluminous fertilizer scam senate report. He’s better than his giant father. My 2nd choice are alan, grace, and no more until i reach my precinct, but definitely a big NO NO to the children of the 3 kings of UNA, and the putschist gringo.

    VOTE WISELY…………

  18. 15
    leona says:

    For those who will VOTE…up to 7 p.m. only today, FILL ‘her UP [ like FULL GAS TANK!] …12!

    Vote Wisely too!

    …juks…many PECOn machines says “It shall RETURN!” …”ain’t ACCEPTING IT!”… “Sorry, NO POWER”… “Am TIRED!”

    Good luck!

  19. 14
    Johnny Lin says:

    Bam and the Wooden Spoon

    Read many times on CPM:
    Rules are meant to be obeyed.
    Ignorance of the law or rule is not an excuse
    100 peso bribe or 1 million bribe are the same, corruption

    Bam: “so young and so opportunistic”. There is a choice on the constitution against dynasty thus do not vote for him in protest

    Wooden Spoon: “too old, too opportunistic” to be used as an excuse against standing rule of establishment. There is a choice in eating in restaurants not currying to customer request. Leave promptly or complain loudly in presence of other customers in protest rather than publicly condemning their standing establishment rule by using the power of pen/qwerty, “many corrupt or “holier than thou journalists” are accustomed to.

    “Principle applies similarly to every aspects in life except when one is on the receiving end”
    He he he

    • 14.1
      Vibora says:

      Nice to see Johnny Lin again.

    • 14.2
      pinay710 says:

      sir johnny lin, maligayang pagbabalik po. miss your comments!!

    • 14.3
      raissa says:

      I am not corrupt.

      I am not holier than thou.

      I am complaining as a citizen and as a customer.

      I also felt that Sandy Daza’s brother insulted me on Facebook with his :”Tant pis” post. Bong Daza also lied when he said Sandy Daza had talked to me.

      I waited weeks for Sandy Daza’s reply.

      I told Rose the manager I was going to write and blog about it. She said – go ahead.

      I did not say I was media.

      As for walking out then and there, I was hampered by the fact that we were a party of five. We were not familiar with the Katipunan area restaurants. It wasn’t a mall.

      When I phoned the day before, no one told me there was such a policy. I was only told “no reservations”. Which is why we came early.

      I don’t know w hat you are getting at – placing Bam and Wooden Spoon in one post.

      Pls explain.

      • 14.3.1
        Rene-Ipil says:

        Raissa@14.1

        “So young and so opportunistic”. To my understanding, Johnny Lin merely echoed your thought on Bam Aquino. And in that case simply apply the constitutional prohibition on political dynasty in voting. Young and opportunistic both describe Bam.

        “Too old, too opportunistic”. A comma separates the two descriptions. “Too old” refers to Raissa’s mother-in-law while “too opportunistic” describes Wooden Spoon. To Johnny Lin, both conditions were used by Raissa as justification for her complaint against management of Wooden Spoon. Meaning that Raissa used the advanced age of her mother-in-law to support her criticisms which fact of old age was ignored due to owner’s policy. And that Raissa seemed to convey to CPMers that the establishment was too opportunistic to maximize its profits at unreasonable expense of its unwitting customers who were not clearly apprised of such policy beforehand.

        Johnny Lin opined that Raissa’s grievance could have been addressed simply by leaving the place promptly and informing other customers of the mistreatment. And that using journalistic power is unexpected of Raissa because such practice resides in corrupt or pseudo journalists, which Raissa is surely not.

        Bam and Wooden Spoon have common thread. Both are opportunistic and in the receiving end of your criticisms.

        • 14.3.1.1
          baycas says:

          Knowing @Johnny Lin, I have a different view.

          But I’ll keep it to myself…

        • 14.3.1.2
          Victin Luz says:

          Sir@Rene….parang tumatama ata sir ang POINT SHAVING or you JUNNKING plus insertion sa UNA TEAM ang tatlo M,M and H….. at 1.million votes… Papasok si Hontiveros at Magsaysay , removing HONASAN , VILLAR or EJERCITO …. …kahit kalahati lang,,say 750,000thvotes added to M,M and H ,,,, deducted to all of the 12 candidate that had landed to the winning circle but greatly affected the the LAST number 10,11,and 12…. Papasok sana mga dalawa sir@Rene sa tatlo natin… I really voted HONASAN but I could have sacrifice in favor for the three if we had gather here in this blog numbers to do the POINT SHAVING system…..just an OPINION po.

    • 14.4
      Cha says:

      It’s her (Raissa) blog. She can write what she wants to write about.

    • 14.5
      Alan says:

      I smell chicken. Pompous flavored. He he he

  20. 13
    andrew lim says:

    Regardless of the outcome of today’s elections, re-alignments will occur as we approach 2016. As Binay and UNA are still front-runners, it is helpful to keep a copy of these slogans and put them to good use as we move on:

    KORAPSYONG WALANG HUMPAY SA ILALIM NG MGA BINAY.

    KAY BINAY, DIDILIM ANG BUHAY.

    HINDI BALENG CORRUPT, BASTA KAKAMPI NG BISHOP! (I am anticipating Binay and UNA will work for the repeal of RH and the CBCP will naturally back them in 2016)

    KUNG KAYA NYANG MAKI-PAG ALYANSA
    KAY ENRILE AT ESTRADA,
    HINDI KA BA DUDA
    SA INAASAL NG UNA?

    HUWAG MAGING TANGA,
    HUWAG IBOTO ANG UNA!

    I urge CPMers to push for a SALN scrutiny of the BInays – how much are they worth, and how did they acquire it, if Jejomar had been in public service his entire life?

  21. 12
    et says:

    The way votes are currently counted, it is indeed no use to vote less than 12, because a single vote for a candidate always trumps a million blank votes. This is unfortunate because it seems many voters do not want to fill up the complete 12-man slate as a protest against the quality of the running candidates.

    However, now that we have automated counting, maybe the Comelec can implement rules to have the number of candidates voted counted as well. So it’s not enough to land in the top 12. The votes for the 12th place candidate should also be greater than the number of those who voted only 11 names. 11th place candidate should be greater than those who voted only 10 names and so on down to 2nd place.

    In case there are not enough winning candidates, the Comelec would then hold special elections for the balance and those who already ran are disqualified from the special elections. This would give the unknown candidates a chance as the alternative choice. I guess this would be a more costly process, but it gives the voters the chance to repudiate the undeserving candidates and just maybe, political parties would put more thought in their choices for fielding candidates.

    • 12.1
      Gerry Cunanan says:

      “It was then I realized, after covering Philippine politics for over three decades – including a stint at the Senate – that there is something horribly missing in most of our politicians who seek and win political office. They place the welfare of their families and relatives first.”
      Filipinos who truly love our country are many but they don’t enter politics. Why will they when to win an election, a candidate has to spend huge amount for his/her campaign, which he is forced to recover while in office. Our election system makes even the most well meaning politician a thief and/or a cheat.

      What we need is a new election system.

    • 12.2
      Victin Luz says:

      Parang Mali and assessment mo @et….. If for aan electorate find that of all the senatorial candidates only 8 were deserving to him , how can you trump the other 4 or the whole 12 ? And what special election are you suggesting ? Bakit ka magkakaroon ng special election?

    • 12.3
      Victin Luz says:

      What special election ? And WHY? I voted only 8,, how did I trump the other 4 or the whole 12 ? For me , only 8 deserved to be voted by me…. How did I trumped you?

      • 12.3.1
        et says:

        With the present system, if everybody voted only 8, and someone voted for someone not on the list of 8, then that candidate will still win. That 1 vote trumped all those who didn’t vote for him.

        I was thinking about a change to the counting process, such that aside from landing in the top 12, a candidate should also garner more votes than the number who voted for less than the full slate. For example, #12 candidate got 10M votes, but the number of people who voted only 11 candidates is 13M, then that candidate doesn’t win. Of course, if this happens then less than 12 candidates will be voted in. So a special election would be needed to fill up the required number.

        Just a thought.

        • 12.3.1.1
          Victin Luz says:

          Hmmmm….. Ok @et….. I really wanted Hontiveros , Magsaysay and Madrigal to win ,,,……and the only way SANA will be POINT SHAVING or JUNKING plus insertion into the UNA’s rank as sir @Rene told us……… Not that we don’t like all the PNOYs senatorial team that will be not be included in the list but it was because sure winner na sila kasi…..LOOK WHAT HAPPEN, sa ranking Lang sila nagkatalo diba…. If in this BLOG we are 30,000 CPMERs MEMBERS and say 50% of us = 15,000 members will do a point shaving by sending E-MAIL at least 10 of our family members or nearest friend to do the POINT SHAVING SYSTEM and asked them again to EMAIL also at least 10 of their family members and nearest friends….so …. 15,0000 x 10 x 10 = 1.5 millions votes …so… 1.5m votes steady sa tatlo M,M and H ….but it will be deducted to the now LAST THREE , number 10, 11 and 12 senatorial candidates ,HONASAN, EJERCITO , VILLAR………try to look the FIGURE now CPMERs. ,,, mathematically papasok at least ang dalawa si HONTIVEROS and MAGSAYSAY…. Diba people , laglag si HONASAN at EJERCITO o baka pati si VILLAR……kahit s 50% lang or 750,000 votes are point shave sa number 10,11 and 12….. Compute at parang tumatama ako mga @ sirs at @ maams here on this BLOG.

  22. 11
    tristanism says:

    This confused me for a while there. Are you voting for all these candidates that you mentioned or just for Jun Magsaysay?

  23. 10
    Lorena says:

    I read this piece only on your HOME page, I did not get it from email notice.
    Might this be the answer to @ Alan at 2.1

  24. 9
    Victin Luz says:

    Definitely Hontiveros was number one on my list , followed by Magsaysay , Madrigal , Poe , Honasan , Hagedorn , Casino and Cayetano……. He he I really did Point Shaving scheme so as some of my KA PUROK here and let us see if who among M,M and H…..so as my another H will land the last 10, 11, and 12 winning SLOTs…

  25. 8
    Deng Giguiento says:

    I wish that I have read this earlier. My teammates and I were discussing seriously the senatorial candidates we will be voting in and we decided that we will only vote for 6. Now I read here that if we do that, we are allowing others to come up the rank and they may not be the ones who are going to steer our country forward.

  26. 7
    vander anievas says:

    jun magsaysay is definitely in my list. am voting for team pnoy. i want to help pnoy. he can’t carry the whole load alone…good luck to all and may our country make it good again today.
    btw. i’m taking hagedorn in lieu of the lady butterfly pala..:)

  27. 6
    Lorena says:

    We wish we can sway the results ever so much.

    The PCOS endeavor has by its very nature ensured/insured easier vote-buying.

    CODIGOS to accompany the money. And the voter doesn’t even have to know how to read.

    S/he just has to recognize characters representing numbers. And shade.

    We pray God gives us the best among the candidates we have presented to Him.

  28. 5
    ManongNoy says:

    My Worst Fears . . .

    1. Since his practically clueless daughter Nancy has unbelievably become on track to be in the top 5, I’m afraid Jojo Binay will be president come 2016. When that happens (pls. take note I did not say “If”), corruption at the highest levels will make Gloria look like a candidate for sainthood by comparison.

    2. Kris has started making noises about going back to college so she can be a better-qualified public official. (Note I did not say public “servant”.). When she does enter politics, I expect her not just to make waves but instead be a tsunami by being Binay’s vice presidential running mate.

    Alam nya na hindi nya ‘matitibag’ si Binay if she tries to succeed PNoy but even a spoiled brat can wait, di ba? After all, she can still be president before she turns 50.

    But, please God, FORBID!

  29. 4
    yu says:

    their position about the RH bill will be my primary consideration . I will not vote for Pimentel and Trillanes despite being at Team PNOY because they voted against the RH bill.

  30. 3
    chit navarro says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Raissa…. I hope Allan did not bring you to a restaurant owned and managed by steel-hearted people. :)

    I wonder why you did not include Teddy Casino, Ed Hagedorn, Dick Gordon and other independent candidates who are better alternatives to fill up the 12 slates.

    I voted already and i could only pick about seven from the 2 major parties. So i chose from the independent candidates to fill up the 12 slots.

    And yes, I did NOT vote for Legarda, Binay, Enrile and the over-rated Escudero. Although I totally concur with Kris Aquino’s assessment of “Mahirap tibagin ang mga Binay sa Makati”…. it would be interesting to see how Nancy fares in THEIR city…the “B” – brand. Can’t replicate here the signages you see along the roads of Makati – the letter B.

    God bless our country as we move forward to another level of democracy….

    • 3.1
      angie says:

      Dick Gordon us under UNA. I was about to vote him but when I saw that he is under UNA, I chose another one.

  31. 2
    chonoon says:

    Very good analysis but it is kind of late .

  32. 1
    arbee says:

    I voted only for five candidates – Hontiveros, Legarda, Villanueva, Delos Reyes and Gordon – when the OAV started here in Abu Dhabi. Why Villanueva and Delos Reyes? These are my ‘conscience’ votes. I think they are much, much better than 24 Nancy Binays. Or 24 Lito Lapids. Hontiveros? I have admired – and more importantly, believed – her advocacies. Legarda and Gordon? Brains are needed in the Senate. Not brawns.

  33. macspeed says:

    it is crazy to say its more fun having the politics on the subject he he he
    what is politics anyways? does it need a very experience person such that a power plant will shut down on a worng push or pull of a button? nayyyyy he he he
    see tita cory, she handled very well, so for me, politics can be lead by a neophyte as long as he or she has fear for God or Allah, after that who ever he/she is, the next thing are in ORDER…AMEN

    • Victin Luz says:

      Agree @mcspeed…..apply nga ako dyan ng work , kabaro, natanggap PABA kayo ng 60 yrs. Old coming he he.

  34. letlet says:

    Honasan said ” so just because the administration got the upper hand in the election does not mean they will get to control the Senate”.

    Is this a subtle warning to us people of the Philippines especially the common tao that all PNOY efforts to get his candidates win to help him in the crystallization of his programs and projected reforms would be wasted and come into nothing, that the country as whole would still be in a conundrum, that some of his senatorial winners would jump the ship (do a double faced) and join Binay’s ship and that the common tao’s crucifixion caused by these corrupt (vermin) politicians is still ongoing.

    I’ll go for a Poe and Aquino tandem for 2016. Erap is elected as Manila’s mayor because of the name recall game. Sila lang ang makakatapat kay Binay when in comes to name recall game. Yes, Bam still served under Arroyo as chair of the National Youth Commission and a board member of Rags2 Riches to alleviate the people of Payatas from poverty, but he did it to serve these people ( I give him the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t do it more for himself, that he sacrificed his principles to help those people who are suffering from their poorness).

    I believe Poe and Bam will continue PNOY’s daang matuwid.

    • Victin Luz says:

      That’s was true in our system of Government and governance @ madam letlet,, but it doesn’t mean that bills or agenda wanted by PNOY for his DAANG MATUWID will not be approved by an opposition Senate President. Only that it will scrutinized and to be studied well before passing any BILL , kasi FISCALIZER nga sila… Good for Democratic Form of Government like the Philipppines only that matatagalan ng kaunti dahil sa mga amendments and revisions of such BILLs if any.

      That swing VOTE ,HONASAN was telling us was also TRUE and it can happen again ,but most likely not this time , the 24 senators will now elect a new senate President BUT that swing vote will be a bargain of Senate Chairmanship’s wanted by HONASAN’s group on which it will be decided by their group and the senator who wanted to become a SENATE PRESIDENT. For example the a divorce bill, will certainly ” dadaan pa din sa karayom at wala paring kikilalaning PARTIDO,,,, ika mga ni LAPID ay konsensya lang ang ginagamit nya ” .

      @let let ,,, I agree with you, POE and BAM tandem will be formidable against BINAY groups UNBEATABLE ika mga……and definitely ESTRADAs group will go with POE……for SURE talo na sila…..

      Just to worry if POE and BAM will FACE ….BINAY and MARCOS ? Slim ang possibility but it can happen…? Saan pupunta mga ESTRADA? He he … Let us guess for a while @let…….but I do believe ” TUWID na DAAN ” will still WIN….

  35. Victin Luz says:

    CPMErs ….I will now compute my POINT SHAVING scheme ( Insertion of Madrigal , Magsaysay and Hontiveros in the UNA line-up and of course junking of their three candidates SANA ) …to us PNOY team we should have voted only M , M and H ,again not that we don’t want them to win but because they were already SURE winners ( FACTs and PROVEN by the election results as of May 15, people )

    10.) VILLAR – 9,970,0000.00 11.) ESTRADA- 9,890,000.00 12.) HONASAN- 9, 543,000.00. For. Magsaysay – 8,233,000.00 for Hontiveros- 7,992,000.00

    IF: 1.5 million voted only for M,M and H…… So the current top 12 winning candidates will have a deduction of their total garnered votes by 1.5million votes….8.390m for Estrada , 8.233.m for Magsaysay ( walang deduction but no more addition dahil ito na talaga ang bomoto sa kanya) , 8.043m for Honasan and 7.992m for Hontiveros ( wala din deductions or addition )… So LAGLAG si HONASAN pasok si MAGSAYSAY …. Dipoba CPMERs..

    I am just pointing out that in an election process where vote BUYING and JUNKING were RAMPANT the only remedy to COUNTER ACT/ FIGHT / or prevent it especially when we also wanted to insert/include one or three of our preferred candidates IS NOT voting straight in PNOYs LINE-UP , but to POINT SHAVED it ,, it’s hard/difficult but it can be done without MONEY involve and LEGAL per se…….sa atin ay E-mail Lang ang katapat…x 10 to our nearest relatives and friends and ask them also to do x 10 to their nearest relatives and friends and so forth,,,,, we could have done it at least to MAGSAYSAY…

    • Victin Luz says:

      But I do believe also that the owner of this BLOG must stay NEUTRAL , tayo Lang sana ang nagkaisa na gumawa ng POINT SHAVING..

    • et says:

      This could be a good idea if we could make sure that the x10 and x10 are voters/will vote and there is no duplication of friends/relatives.

      However, using an email blast is no guarantee that friends/relatives will do what we ask. It might be better if an online group is set up with an initial number of CPMers (15000) and then each will try to recruit 10 more to join the group, who each will then recruit 10 more. The qualifications to join the group would be:
      1. Registered voter/will vote in the next election
      2. Has not yet joined the group
      3. Will follow the voting strategy planned out by the moderators
      4. Will recruit 10 more like-minded people

      From the size of the group, we can get an idea of how effective the group could be in the coming election. It might be a good idea to start the group now, in preparation for 2016…

      • Victin Luz says:

        Magandang idea @et iyan….because in this BLOG whether we like it or not we were already part of the MEDIA , itong mga comments natin are already GOOD PROPAGANDA for a certain candidate…. Binabasa tayo dito sa buong MUNDO…. X 10 then x 10 then another x 10… Kahit pa magkakaparehas , o magdoble a recruits mo , it doesn’t matter basta ask them to recruit another 10… …Seldom ang naboto ng STRAIGHT LINE UP… Look the IGLESIA, LOOK the CBCP, look the El Shadai,, selective na sila in the point of JUNKING some of their party mates , so POINT SHAVING could have help the three M,M, and H….again it is not that we don’t want candidates in the PNOY team to be elected but because they were already SURE winners kaya babawasan Lang natin ang BOTO nila para makahabol ang gusto nating pumasok sa magic 12..

  36. andrew lim says:

    MATABA NA SI KIM CHIU OJT PA RIN SI NANCY!

    IPAGLALABAN KO NA LAHAT NG NAG-OJT SA PILIPINAS GAWING REGULAR! – NANCY

    HA HA HA

  37. leona says:

    Mabigat na PASALAMAT sa mga GURO nag trabaho sa lahat ng PRECINTS!

    Malaking SALAMAT sa ating COMELEC Commisioners at mga opisyales!

    Malakas na SALAMAT sa mga ating ka POLISANS!

    Masaya sa mga NANALO! Sa mga NA TALO susunod na halalan naman!

    SALAMAT SA MGA BOTANTE!

    SALAMAT SA BANSA AT ANG MGA PILIPINO!

    To my DEAREST CPMERS…haliklik sa INYO LAHAT!

    • pinay710 says:

      @mam leona, ano po ang HALIKLIK?

      • moonie says:

        cheers! the botante has spoken, they have chosen those they thought karapat-dapat, their country, their votes, their future, their fate, their destiny mapped. cheers to the people who voted. salamat, salamat, indeed. cheers to you,too, leona. look forward to your next humorous piece.

      • leona says:

        halik…kiss AND kiss!….beso-beso …hahaha…or tsk tsk tsk…

        …U know – Russian males kisses the lips of another male plus beso-beso PA!….

  38. DannyG says:

    Sino ang maniniwalang titigil na sa pulitika si Erap pagkatapos ng kanyang term bilang Mayor ng Maynila? Pakatandaan na ang kanyang dalawang anak ay Senador na, ang isa sa kanyang nephew ay gobernador sa isa sa malaking lalawigan ng bansa, ang kanyang asawa ay alkalde din ng isa sa malaking lungsod sa NCR at malaki ang posibilidad na ang isa pa sa kanyang pamangkin ay mahahalal na kongresista. Sa pagdating ng 2016 presidential election, barring any unforeseen untoward incident, magkakaroon ng pagkakataon si Erap na ma-vindicate ang kanyang sarili mula sa criminal conviction at ang naturang election ang kanyang magiging behikulo. Did we hear right na si Jinggoy ang VP candidate naman. Paano na si Indiot at si Binay ? Dito, masusubukan na ang usapin ng AGREEMENTS (under at over the table), PAGKAKAIBIGAN at PINAGSAMAAN. Dynasty-na-dynasty ang dating !!!

  39. andrew lim says:

    MY SUGGESTIONS FOR CPMers, POST-ELECTION:

    Look beyond 2016. This is a golden opportunity to cement the gains made in the past three years. Never allow backsliding!

    Campaign for the ff causes:

    1. Get JPE out of the Senate presidency.
    2. SALN scrutiny of all presidentiables – Binay, Roxas, etc.
    3. Push for FOI.
    4. Defend RH law from watering down or repeal efforts.
    5, Marginalize the extremists – both from the left (CPP-NPA) and right (church, right wing politicians)

    As for Erap, I dont think he will do any more harm- he is in his sunset years, and he is thinking of his legacy. Will he still womanize? Or get drunk and not attend meetings? Will he work now? I think so. In any case, I do not live in Manila. ha ha ha They voted for who they deserve.

    If you think Roxas is incapable of beating Binay, then now is the time to search for an alternative. No use moaning there is no one else. The late Jesse Robredo would have been perfect. The antidote to Binay is someone who is not like Binay – a non-traditional name, not a dynast. Think!

    • raissa says:

      Oh, Andrew. You don’t know Erap :)

      You wish he would.

      • andrew lim says:

        ha ha ha ha ha ha the wonders of stem cell treatments! ha ha ha ha

        • czech says:

          sa aking pong palagay eh isinilang na ang makakatapat ni binay…..kailanagan lamang eh maging epektibo sya sa pagkakaluklok sa kanyang pagka senador at malamang rin na maging ugat ng paghihiwalay ng landas ni erap at binay na tuluyang hahati sa magiging boto ni binay….hanggang dito lamang muna POE….salamat POE….

          • curveball says:

            balik-balik ang mga tanong natin dati na kung sakali tumakbo bilang presedente (at ito nga decided na) si binay kailangan meron isang tao na tatapat sa kanya at pwede lumaban at hadlangan ang balak nya….

            si grace poe na kaya yun? sa standing nya ngayon ay mukhang meron magandang laban sa darating na panahon.

            umaasa at sana nya sya na yun

          • Victin Luz says:

            Payag POE ako sa inyong solution na si POE na ang katapat ni BINAY…

        • jeproks2002 says:

          It may be a wonder for now. Hopefully Erap, Chavit, JPE, Ernie M. et. al. won’t be begging for the passage of The Right to Die Bill when they are 160!

        • moonie says:

          I watched erap’s interview on t.v. to me, he appears to have liver problems. a bit jaundiced around the face. maybe it was just bad light.

          • moonie says:

            maybe, that’s why erap wears long sleeve shirt and long pants, so we cannot see the condition of his skin. cell therapy can only do so much.

            • vander anievas says:

              erap did run for two reasons. one to get back lim and 2 to install isko as new manila mayor. he knows he’ll not finish his term..

              • vander anievas says:

                err…”at lim”…

              • Walk with One Ball Heavier says:

                Install Isko as new Manila mayor? I doubt. Erap ran for mayor to reserve the seat for one of his concubines (ang kabit na Laarni) or maybe Jinggoy (when his senate post expires). To the dumb Manilenos who voted for the convicted crook, congratulations. You got what you so deserve.

      • Mel says:


        UPDATE: By the way, ABS-CBN has asked me to join their post-election news analysis late Monday . So I have to sleep now. I forgot.

        Raïssa

        heads up naman.

        what did we miss?

        nakakadismaya ang senatorial top 12 results…

        marami pa ring tanga na magpapaloko sa mga manloloko. patangahan.

        another political dynasty family in prime and top gov’t elected posts. lokohan na naman.

        dagdag pa diyan, mukhang mauuna pa ata ang taiwan na makikibakbakan sa dagat laban pinoy, kaysa sa mga chino.

        anu kaya ang desisyon ni PNoy sa Sabah. tapus na ang national elections sa malaysia at pinas. huwag sanang ma-backburner uli.

    • madflip says:

      Should she decide to run for president, Ate Vi will beat Binay or any other opponent hands down. Obvious bang vilmanian? He he.

      • kalahari says:

        The maligno is very vulnerable on the issue of legitimate vast wealth. His 1986 SALN and onward should be made public by somebody in the likes of Raissa only, with in-depth commentaries of course.

        We have had 3 years of good governance from PNoy’s daang matuwid and continuing till 2016. His immediate predecessor’s predilection and shameful raids on public coffers lasted for 9 years.

        Are we heading for that direction again?

      • pelang says:

        sa 2016 election, Bam Aquino and Grace Poe. sa tandem na iyan, wala nang tatalo. tutal, the name of the game is name recall.

    • leona says:

      VP Binay – will face a FOE on 2016…hindi si GRACE…isang AQUINO…looks likes NINOY…speaks ala NINOY…thinks a lot of NINOY…he’s no other than…a BAM!

      VP B can start early but he’ll lose to a NAME…like AQUINO! People loves this…

      like Andrew…hahaha – U grow BAM for 2016!

      • leona says:

        …look where PNoy landed! …the PRESIDENCY!

        • leona says:

          …look further again…where Ate CORY landed….the PRESIDENCY also!

          • Mel says:

            TUTUO, ang pangalan ay simbolo ng kasikatan (sa wanted watch list o artista).

            halimbawa, si Honorato Aquino;

            Honorato Aquino is a former Representative of the Lone District of Baguio City, to the 8th Congress (1987-1992) and to the Regular Batasang Pambansa (1984-1986).

            Honor(ato) as we fondly call him then, was not related, nor by blood, relations, not even acquainted (i think) with Benigno Aquino (I,II, n), he didn’t even looked like Ninoy. Honorato – unheard of in the cordilleras, luzon or entire PHILS. BUT HIS SURNAME WAS AQUINO!

            An election took place in 1984 for Batasang pambansa, Honor Aquino also a lawyer was prodded to run because the name Aquino was overtly popular then.

            The joke and campaign catch-cry then was, he’s an Aquino and he’s HONORable.

            AND HE WON.

            Before he ran (1984), his political spectrum exposure was a voter. I think he was also a law professor at BCF in the 80s

            the gist is, it pays to be called an Aquino. it rang bells of opposition against Marcos (nemesis) then.

            heck, a popularity contest if another Aquino runs against Binay for Pres.
            What a BAMmer.

            it has lost semblance of why people vote for people in political office. people just don’t read anymore – sa book title cover na lang alam na daw LAHAT. PREJUDICE in short!

            • Mel says:

              sa mga tanga, why 1984 BP election?

              August 21, 1983, Benigno Aquino, Jr. Assassinated at Manila International Airport.

              And so Honorato AQUINO ran in 1984 BP election, and won.

            • Victin Luz says:

              Kabayan manong @Mel….. Was Mang Honor stayed in your place when he visited Australia long ago with his wife Manang Letty? Do you also stay at Melbourne? Ha ha

          • moonie says:

            leona, you know what they say about 3rd time lucky? the aquinos got the presidency twice already. a third is on the offing.

            • Victin Luz says:

              That will be good for our country, BAM and GRACE or GRACE and BAM , will continue the LEGACY of NINOY as continued by CORY and PNOY…. We have to be UNITED not to elect BINAY next 2016, for President Kung hindi , patay na naman tayo.

    • AngLagay says:

      Kabayan… don’t forget the saying: Bad grass never ever die! If he’s already vegetable or glue to a wheel chair, the posibility that he will transfer his “CORONA” to his kabit or anak sa labas is a sure bet. Ang suwapang ay walang kabusugan! Poor Juan dela Cruz,

    • Dexter says:

      Sa totoo lang po, matapos lang ng pagpanaw ni ginoong Robredo ko natutunan ang kanyang mga mabuting nagawa sa kurso ng kanyang panunungkulan. Sa kasamaang palad, dun sa Luneta hostage crisis ko lang unang nalaman ang pangalan nya. Huli na ng malaman ng nakararami na mayroon pa palang tulad nya na may puso para sa tunay na paglilingkod sa kapwa. Kunwari lang po hindi nagyari yung aksidente at tumakbo sya sa kakatapos lang na halalan , mananalo po kaya sya? Sa palagay ko po, hindi.
      Pasikatan pa rin ang kalakaran sa eleksyon , ano po?
      Tropa at trapo.
      Si mang Juan na karpintero , ibonoto nya yung kandidato na nagabot sa kanya ng isang kilong bigas. Ano po bang pakialam nya sa plataporma na hindi naman nya maarok, susuportahan nya ang tingin nyang pwedeng takbuhan pag nagkasakit ang mahal nya sa buhay. Yung anak na aadik-adik ni aling Dora, binigyan ng trabaho ni congressman . Hindi masukat ang utang na loob ng buong angkan nila, si bunso nabilhan nya ng laptop, ayan tuwing makakalibre binabanatan ang mga kalaban sa pulitika ni cong. Si cong. lang ang mabuti, lahat ng hindi kaalyado ay puro “magnanakaw at walang alam”. Eto ang ilan lang sa tropa ng mga trapo..
      Paano po natin sila makukumbinsi na baguhin na ang ganitong sistema?
      Parang kasinghirap ng pagkumbinsi kay lola sa liblib na baryo na ‘wag nang pumunta sa albularyo. Mahirap talikuran ang tapal tapal kahit pa sandaliang lunas lang ang hatid nito.
      Aling aspeto po kaya ang dapat bigyan ng mas mabigat na halaga, ang pagtulong sa kandidato o sa botante mismo?

  40. KARANIWANG TAO says:

    the name of the game is…NAME RECALL…so yun mga anak din ang nanalo… !! usad pilipinas!!!!!!

  41. clearpasig says:

    with all respect Ms. Raissa. she adopted climate change but I dont see her know how about it. her site explained nothing but no specific about the cause of climate change. this country my mine has all the wealth to end poverty but there was no mention of the agricultural damage cause of climate change. she gambles to get attention.

  42. Martial Bonifacio says:

    Buti na lang live coverage ang mga balita so even us OFW can watch it. Kaso nadismaya ako sa mga kababayan kong taga manila. Biruin mo convicted plunderer magiging ama ng Manila tapos nung 2010 elections muntikan pang maging pangulo ulit.

    Whether we are mature in voting or not this election should serve as a reflection to eveyone :(

  43. andrew lim says:

    IMPROVE THE MATH EDUCATION OF FILIPINOS!

    I am very happy with the initial results of the polls. But it is not perfect, and glitches happen. Two events concerning mathematics:

    1. The frequent reports of malfunctioning PCOS machines made some say the elections were a failure and very chaotic. Hello! There are around 75,000 machines and the number of these malfunctions are less than half a percent. Lesson: definition of materiality.

    2. During the glitch where PPCRV’s totals had reached 12M+ for the top candidate despite having canvassed only 1400+ precints: I almost fell from my chair when a reporter (most likely from ANC as it was Randy David who corrected the wrong observation) reasoned that if you add the votes obtained by the top 5 candidates, it would already exceed the total number of registered voters of 50+ million. Susmaryosep. You vote for 12 senators not one, so you do not total the votes garnered by each senator. Lesson: basic common sense. :)

    • sykes says:

      the malfunctioning PCOS was hyped by the reporters. kahit isa lang nag-malfunction pero pag ni-report parang napakalaking problema na.

      some reporters are really terrible at Math. iba dyan basic Math pa lang sa UP Diliman, bumabagsak na :) i remember two journalists/broadcasters having difficulty converting an amount from US Dollars to Pesos. di man lang naisip gamitin ang calculator function sa celfone nila. i was laughing coz the amount was like 100K so one won’t need a calculator to convert that amount. even more hilarious, they knew the exchange rate at the time :)

  44. raissa says:

    Have to leave na.

    • Mel says:

      all the best. take care

    • kalahari says:

      I saw you live with Karen Davila last night and your brief post-election assessment shows your grasps of the issues on hand – plus beauty with brains.

      Am so proud…..

  45. Paul says:

    So the election is over …result? U-ngoy N-ot A-gain!

  46. Mel says:


    UPDATE: By the way, ABS-CBN has asked me to join their post-election news analysis late Monday . So I have to sleep now. I forgot.

    Raïssa, can we view it from the internet by streaming? Anyone?

  47. Vibora says:

    Form News Of The Weird.
    Reports are coming that some PCOS machines are defective. In one Tandang Manok precint, a voter was asked why the machine will not accept his ballot, he said “maybe because i sold my vote”. In another case, a conscience voter was asked why his ballot was not accepted by the machine, he replied ” maybe the PCOS also developed some kind of conscience and the machine cannot accept the names of the candidates written in the ballot”.

  48. baycas says:

    —–

    chonoon says:
    May 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Very good analysis but it is kind of late .

    If this blog post is kinda late, how will you consider this PCIJ research?

    http://pcij.org/stories/salns-bare-some-mask-other-details/

    (Follow the 4-part series at pcijdotorg site; links to side bars to main articles were also provided)

    • baycas says:

      On the Binays (Angeleses)…

      http://pcij.org/stories/family-wealth-spouses-assets-boost-a-few-newbies/

      HOW RICH are the Binays? Vice President Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay never fails to point to his humble beginnings, but for decades now, there has been non-stop whispering that he and his family have come a long, long way from Culi-Culi.

      Some clues could probably be gleaned from the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) of the Binay family members who have occupied public office (and there are already quite a number). Anyone curious if married eldest daughter Nancy is sharing that supposed wealth, however, may have to wait and see if she gets voted into the Senate next week.

      – (The fourth part of the pcijdotorg series cited above.)

      • andrew lim says:

        Thanks for this, baycas.

        It’s still very opaque to me- the wealth of the Binays- if they have been public servants all their lives, with no visible sources of income, where did it all come from? Did they establish legitimate businesses all these years?

        You can bet big on it: Loren will shift to UNA in 2016. That is 100% sure.

        • kalahari says:

          We share the same views, Andrew. Loren is known as a political butterfly that has a keen nose for the whereabout of lots of sweet nectar.

          Jejomar has been officially proclaimed as the UNA standard bearer for 2016 – and he expects anytime the avalanche of contributions from big businesses. Early bird catches more worms – as the saying goes – and for loren, more nectar…..

    • baycas says:

      Btw, a “thumbs up, thumbs down” blog post this is…

      Thumbs down to UNA, including Legarda.

      Thumbs up to the remaining 11 Team PNoy members!

      • moonie says:

        binay should stop his trapo talk, it’s boring. boring, boring. cliche masyado yong sinasabi niya like he has nothing better to add. what humble beginning he speaks of? we are all born with humble beginnings, with no clothes on, unable to speak and communicate by crying. poop on diapers, and piss at the same time. we all start by crawling, then proceed to walk on two feet. we all have baby teeth too, and they all fall off to be replaced by permanent teeth. we all have five senses, to go to school and pass grade one, and have birthdays once a year. you see, we all have humble beginning, not just binay. there is nothing so special with his humble beginning. he was not concieved by the holy spirit.

  49. Den says:

    Some people I spoke with said they will vote only for six candidates. Some say four, others eight. It is not uncommon to hear people say how hard it is to complete the line-up of twelve candidates. Very true indeed, given the lacklustre list of candidates we have in this mid-term election. Oh how I dread the political landscape for the 2016 presidential race if this election is a preview!

    But I say we must vote for all twelve slots, if only to ensure that we counter the force of the multitude of who will vote based on popularity, blind obedience to their pastors, those who are coerced, those who will sell their votes and those who will vote for the wrong candidates for all the wrong reasons. Some say it is futile, I say it is better to keep the flames of hope burning. Someday, people will learn and we will have not a government that we deserve (weak and fallible as we are), but a government that we need.

    Thanks, Raissa, for always doing your share in enlightening our electorate. I hope the CPM’ers are doing their share in ensuring whatever we learn here gets to as many people as possible.

    • Victin Luz says:

      I disagree , choosing and voting candidates to fill the 12 slots can any way counter the force to those voting on popularity and others…. voting the best even let us say only 8, will definitely removed the rotten EGGs ( candidates ) to the winning circle…… give us any of the good records of your 12 of all of the candidates without any , DE FECTs in order to justify your position…

    • raissa says:

      Don’t lose hope.

      • Jett Rink says:

        ms.raissa, do you have any articles before on gibo teodoro? aside from the backlash of being gma’s 2010 candidate, and aside from being an erap supporter during erap’s presidency, did we miss someone who they say should’ve and could’ve?

  50. kalahari says:

    Many thanks Raissa for the fabled crossing of the dangerous and treacherous Mara River in Kenya. At least, I have a clear picture of the senatorial hopefuls based on your authoritative knowledge in the lighted and dark recesses of the far-away Manila.

    I’ll have no 2nd thought on Jun Magsaysay and his voluminous fertilizer scam senate report. He’s better than his giant father. My 2nd choice are alan, grace, and no more until i reach my precinct, but definitely a big NO NO to the children of the 3 kings of UNA, and the putschist gringo.

    VOTE WISELY…………

  51. leona says:

    For those who will VOTE…up to 7 p.m. only today, FILL ‘her UP [ like FULL GAS TANK!] …12!

    Vote Wisely too!

    …juks…many PECOn machines says “It shall RETURN!” …”ain’t ACCEPTING IT!”… “Sorry, NO POWER”… “Am TIRED!”

    Good luck!

  52. Johnny Lin says:

    Bam and the Wooden Spoon

    Read many times on CPM:
    Rules are meant to be obeyed.
    Ignorance of the law or rule is not an excuse
    100 peso bribe or 1 million bribe are the same, corruption

    Bam: “so young and so opportunistic”. There is a choice on the constitution against dynasty thus do not vote for him in protest

    Wooden Spoon: “too old, too opportunistic” to be used as an excuse against standing rule of establishment. There is a choice in eating in restaurants not currying to customer request. Leave promptly or complain loudly in presence of other customers in protest rather than publicly condemning their standing establishment rule by using the power of pen/qwerty, “many corrupt or “holier than thou journalists” are accustomed to.

    “Principle applies similarly to every aspects in life except when one is on the receiving end”
    He he he

    • Vibora says:

      Nice to see Johnny Lin again.

    • pinay710 says:

      sir johnny lin, maligayang pagbabalik po. miss your comments!!

    • raissa says:

      I am not corrupt.

      I am not holier than thou.

      I am complaining as a citizen and as a customer.

      I also felt that Sandy Daza’s brother insulted me on Facebook with his :”Tant pis” post. Bong Daza also lied when he said Sandy Daza had talked to me.

      I waited weeks for Sandy Daza’s reply.

      I told Rose the manager I was going to write and blog about it. She said – go ahead.

      I did not say I was media.

      As for walking out then and there, I was hampered by the fact that we were a party of five. We were not familiar with the Katipunan area restaurants. It wasn’t a mall.

      When I phoned the day before, no one told me there was such a policy. I was only told “no reservations”. Which is why we came early.

      I don’t know w hat you are getting at – placing Bam and Wooden Spoon in one post.

      Pls explain.

      • Rene-Ipil says:

        Raissa@14.1

        “So young and so opportunistic”. To my understanding, Johnny Lin merely echoed your thought on Bam Aquino. And in that case simply apply the constitutional prohibition on political dynasty in voting. Young and opportunistic both describe Bam.

        “Too old, too opportunistic”. A comma separates the two descriptions. “Too old” refers to Raissa’s mother-in-law while “too opportunistic” describes Wooden Spoon. To Johnny Lin, both conditions were used by Raissa as justification for her complaint against management of Wooden Spoon. Meaning that Raissa used the advanced age of her mother-in-law to support her criticisms which fact of old age was ignored due to owner’s policy. And that Raissa seemed to convey to CPMers that the establishment was too opportunistic to maximize its profits at unreasonable expense of its unwitting customers who were not clearly apprised of such policy beforehand.

        Johnny Lin opined that Raissa’s grievance could have been addressed simply by leaving the place promptly and informing other customers of the mistreatment. And that using journalistic power is unexpected of Raissa because such practice resides in corrupt or pseudo journalists, which Raissa is surely not.

        Bam and Wooden Spoon have common thread. Both are opportunistic and in the receiving end of your criticisms.

        • baycas says:

          Knowing @Johnny Lin, I have a different view.

          But I’ll keep it to myself…

        • Victin Luz says:

          Sir@Rene….parang tumatama ata sir ang POINT SHAVING or you JUNNKING plus insertion sa UNA TEAM ang tatlo M,M and H….. at 1.million votes… Papasok si Hontiveros at Magsaysay , removing HONASAN , VILLAR or EJERCITO …. …kahit kalahati lang,,say 750,000thvotes added to M,M and H ,,,, deducted to all of the 12 candidate that had landed to the winning circle but greatly affected the the LAST number 10,11,and 12…. Papasok sana mga dalawa sir@Rene sa tatlo natin… I really voted HONASAN but I could have sacrifice in favor for the three if we had gather here in this blog numbers to do the POINT SHAVING system…..just an OPINION po.

    • Cha says:

      It’s her (Raissa) blog. She can write what she wants to write about.

    • Alan says:

      I smell chicken. Pompous flavored. He he he

  53. andrew lim says:

    Regardless of the outcome of today’s elections, re-alignments will occur as we approach 2016. As Binay and UNA are still front-runners, it is helpful to keep a copy of these slogans and put them to good use as we move on:

    KORAPSYONG WALANG HUMPAY SA ILALIM NG MGA BINAY.

    KAY BINAY, DIDILIM ANG BUHAY.

    HINDI BALENG CORRUPT, BASTA KAKAMPI NG BISHOP! (I am anticipating Binay and UNA will work for the repeal of RH and the CBCP will naturally back them in 2016)

    KUNG KAYA NYANG MAKI-PAG ALYANSA
    KAY ENRILE AT ESTRADA,
    HINDI KA BA DUDA
    SA INAASAL NG UNA?

    HUWAG MAGING TANGA,
    HUWAG IBOTO ANG UNA!

    I urge CPMers to push for a SALN scrutiny of the BInays – how much are they worth, and how did they acquire it, if Jejomar had been in public service his entire life?

  54. et says:

    The way votes are currently counted, it is indeed no use to vote less than 12, because a single vote for a candidate always trumps a million blank votes. This is unfortunate because it seems many voters do not want to fill up the complete 12-man slate as a protest against the quality of the running candidates.

    However, now that we have automated counting, maybe the Comelec can implement rules to have the number of candidates voted counted as well. So it’s not enough to land in the top 12. The votes for the 12th place candidate should also be greater than the number of those who voted only 11 names. 11th place candidate should be greater than those who voted only 10 names and so on down to 2nd place.

    In case there are not enough winning candidates, the Comelec would then hold special elections for the balance and those who already ran are disqualified from the special elections. This would give the unknown candidates a chance as the alternative choice. I guess this would be a more costly process, but it gives the voters the chance to repudiate the undeserving candidates and just maybe, political parties would put more thought in their choices for fielding candidates.

    • Gerry Cunanan says:

      “It was then I realized, after covering Philippine politics for over three decades – including a stint at the Senate – that there is something horribly missing in most of our politicians who seek and win political office. They place the welfare of their families and relatives first.”
      Filipinos who truly love our country are many but they don’t enter politics. Why will they when to win an election, a candidate has to spend huge amount for his/her campaign, which he is forced to recover while in office. Our election system makes even the most well meaning politician a thief and/or a cheat.

      What we need is a new election system.

    • Victin Luz says:

      Parang Mali and assessment mo @et….. If for aan electorate find that of all the senatorial candidates only 8 were deserving to him , how can you trump the other 4 or the whole 12 ? And what special election are you suggesting ? Bakit ka magkakaroon ng special election?

    • Victin Luz says:

      What special election ? And WHY? I voted only 8,, how did I trump the other 4 or the whole 12 ? For me , only 8 deserved to be voted by me…. How did I trumped you?

      • et says:

        With the present system, if everybody voted only 8, and someone voted for someone not on the list of 8, then that candidate will still win. That 1 vote trumped all those who didn’t vote for him.

        I was thinking about a change to the counting process, such that aside from landing in the top 12, a candidate should also garner more votes than the number who voted for less than the full slate. For example, #12 candidate got 10M votes, but the number of people who voted only 11 candidates is 13M, then that candidate doesn’t win. Of course, if this happens then less than 12 candidates will be voted in. So a special election would be needed to fill up the required number.

        Just a thought.

        • Victin Luz says:

          Hmmmm….. Ok @et….. I really wanted Hontiveros , Magsaysay and Madrigal to win ,,,……and the only way SANA will be POINT SHAVING or JUNKING plus insertion into the UNA’s rank as sir @Rene told us……… Not that we don’t like all the PNOYs senatorial team that will be not be included in the list but it was because sure winner na sila kasi…..LOOK WHAT HAPPEN, sa ranking Lang sila nagkatalo diba…. If in this BLOG we are 30,000 CPMERs MEMBERS and say 50% of us = 15,000 members will do a point shaving by sending E-MAIL at least 10 of our family members or nearest friend to do the POINT SHAVING SYSTEM and asked them again to EMAIL also at least 10 of their family members and nearest friends….so …. 15,0000 x 10 x 10 = 1.5 millions votes …so… 1.5m votes steady sa tatlo M,M and H ….but it will be deducted to the now LAST THREE , number 10, 11 and 12 senatorial candidates ,HONASAN, EJERCITO , VILLAR………try to look the FIGURE now CPMERs. ,,, mathematically papasok at least ang dalawa si HONTIVEROS and MAGSAYSAY…. Diba people , laglag si HONASAN at EJERCITO o baka pati si VILLAR……kahit s 50% lang or 750,000 votes are point shave sa number 10,11 and 12….. Compute at parang tumatama ako mga @ sirs at @ maams here on this BLOG.

  55. tristanism says:

    This confused me for a while there. Are you voting for all these candidates that you mentioned or just for Jun Magsaysay?

  56. Lorena says:

    I read this piece only on your HOME page, I did not get it from email notice.
    Might this be the answer to @ Alan at 2.1

  57. Victin Luz says:

    Definitely Hontiveros was number one on my list , followed by Magsaysay , Madrigal , Poe , Honasan , Hagedorn , Casino and Cayetano……. He he I really did Point Shaving scheme so as some of my KA PUROK here and let us see if who among M,M and H…..so as my another H will land the last 10, 11, and 12 winning SLOTs…

  58. Deng Giguiento says:

    I wish that I have read this earlier. My teammates and I were discussing seriously the senatorial candidates we will be voting in and we decided that we will only vote for 6. Now I read here that if we do that, we are allowing others to come up the rank and they may not be the ones who are going to steer our country forward.

  59. vander anievas says:

    jun magsaysay is definitely in my list. am voting for team pnoy. i want to help pnoy. he can’t carry the whole load alone…good luck to all and may our country make it good again today.
    btw. i’m taking hagedorn in lieu of the lady butterfly pala..:)

  60. Lorena says:

    We wish we can sway the results ever so much.

    The PCOS endeavor has by its very nature ensured/insured easier vote-buying.

    CODIGOS to accompany the money. And the voter doesn’t even have to know how to read.

    S/he just has to recognize characters representing numbers. And shade.

    We pray God gives us the best among the candidates we have presented to Him.

  61. ManongNoy says:

    My Worst Fears . . .

    1. Since his practically clueless daughter Nancy has unbelievably become on track to be in the top 5, I’m afraid Jojo Binay will be president come 2016. When that happens (pls. take note I did not say “If”), corruption at the highest levels will make Gloria look like a candidate for sainthood by comparison.

    2. Kris has started making noises about going back to college so she can be a better-qualified public official. (Note I did not say public “servant”.). When she does enter politics, I expect her not just to make waves but instead be a tsunami by being Binay’s vice presidential running mate.

    Alam nya na hindi nya ‘matitibag’ si Binay if she tries to succeed PNoy but even a spoiled brat can wait, di ba? After all, she can still be president before she turns 50.

    But, please God, FORBID!

  62. yu says:

    their position about the RH bill will be my primary consideration . I will not vote for Pimentel and Trillanes despite being at Team PNOY because they voted against the RH bill.

  63. chit navarro says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Raissa…. I hope Allan did not bring you to a restaurant owned and managed by steel-hearted people. :)

    I wonder why you did not include Teddy Casino, Ed Hagedorn, Dick Gordon and other independent candidates who are better alternatives to fill up the 12 slates.

    I voted already and i could only pick about seven from the 2 major parties. So i chose from the independent candidates to fill up the 12 slots.

    And yes, I did NOT vote for Legarda, Binay, Enrile and the over-rated Escudero. Although I totally concur with Kris Aquino’s assessment of “Mahirap tibagin ang mga Binay sa Makati”…. it would be interesting to see how Nancy fares in THEIR city…the “B” – brand. Can’t replicate here the signages you see along the roads of Makati – the letter B.

    God bless our country as we move forward to another level of democracy….

    • angie says:

      Dick Gordon us under UNA. I was about to vote him but when I saw that he is under UNA, I chose another one.

  64. chonoon says:

    Very good analysis but it is kind of late .

  65. arbee says:

    I voted only for five candidates – Hontiveros, Legarda, Villanueva, Delos Reyes and Gordon – when the OAV started here in Abu Dhabi. Why Villanueva and Delos Reyes? These are my ‘conscience’ votes. I think they are much, much better than 24 Nancy Binays. Or 24 Lito Lapids. Hontiveros? I have admired – and more importantly, believed – her advocacies. Legarda and Gordon? Brains are needed in the Senate. Not brawns.

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